Cave ConservationThe Utah Cave Survey is committed to cave conservation. In addition to the principles found in the NSS Conservation Policy, we believe that safeguarding the locations of sensitive, ungated caves is an effective conservation tactic. We also support the findings, purposes, and policy of the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act.
The majority of the significant caves in Utah have already been mapped. The goal of the Utah Cave Survey is to collect these maps into a central repository and survey and produce maps for the caves that are not mapped.
The best way to learn how to survey and map caves is to participate in an active cave surveying project. There are some excellent tutorials how to produce a map at BrandonKowallis.com. A very good book that covers the surveying to map process end-to-end is On Station, available at the NSS Bookstore, among other places.
PhotographyTo be complete, a cave writeup not only needs a map, but it needs good photography. A simple image of the entrance is good enough for many caves. However, other caves will require more advanced techniques involving multiple exposures and multiple flashes.
BiologyMany Utah caves are worthy of a biological inventory. New and unique species have been discovered in the caves of northern Utah.
Utah GrottosA great way to get involved with the Utah Cave Survey is to join a local grotto. They are the best way to become familiar with the caves of Utah. The Utah grottos are:
- Salt Lake Grotto. Salt Lake County.
- Timpanogos Grotto. Utah County.
- Utah Grotto. Entire state.
- Wasatch Grotto. Davis County.